I am new to this site but have found it very useful over the last few months. Today i decided to join i think it is important to have the support of others when going through tough times. I have four bulging discs 3 touching nerve roots on left end right. I was also diagnosed with Spina-bifidia occulta last year. Maybe thats where the problems arose!! suffering for 4 years before I had a L5 microdisectomy in july and although took 3 months to recover i felt sciatica pain, buttock pain and back spams all went. I returned to work and after 4 weeks felt something go in my back. Had MRI surgeon says nerve is inflammed and need steroid injection to settle it down. he says its just temporary and part of healing process. he says surgery looks good. Not sure whether to believe him. Starting to feel a little down now as can't believe all pain was gone and now back. How did the nerve flare up? Did this happen to anyone else months after surgery and did it go?